Frances Noon – Artist Blog
Updated: Sep 21, 2021
We are very excited to introduce you to Frances Noon, one of the artists who will be showcasing their work at featured@fairtrader over the next few months.
Why did you become an artist?
My practice has evolved since I first completed my Fine Art Degree, following that with an MA in Printmaking. I taught in the Art and Design Department at Kirklees College for 25 years and in 2013 I decided to leave teaching and devote more time to my own practice.
I like to make things that make people happy, things that would maybe put a smile on your face.
I find inspiration in all kinds of situations. Initially it was just garden birds, as these are creatures I see every day, now my menagerie is quite wide and includes cats, dogs, goats, highland cows, Shetland ponies etc.
What mediums do you work with?
After working in 2 dimensions for so many years I am now making jewellery and the small sculptures and wall pieces that you will see in Fair Trader. I make the animals and birds from copper and brass. I “draw” the details onto the surface by means of hammering and punching so each piece will always have an individual look. The wooden parts of the sculptures are painted with several layers of colour and I like to give them an aged and worn look. I produce everything from my workshop at my home in Slaithwaite and I sell my work in many galleries throughout the UK.
What inspires your artwork?
I am a keen gardener and used to have an allotment, I have always loved the makeshift sheds and greenhouses that people have on their plots, so I am excited to be able to show my latest project which is a celebration of that - a collection of derelict sheds and outbuilding wall works. All my pieces feature animals and birds either as single characters or as part of larger structures.
What do you like about Fair Trader and why did you choose to exhibit here?
I have exhibited at Fair Trader before as part of a pop-up in December 2018. I love the choice of goods they have on sale and appreciate the ethos behind the community co-operative. They have always supported artists from the surrounding area and I think this new venture of featured artists is a brilliant opportunity.
Frances Noon - August 2021